The WORST Episodes of Roseanne

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

Roseanne is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC from 1988 to 1997 starring stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr. The show portrayed a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray an American family in which economics necessitated two parents working jobs outside the home.


#1 - Roseambo

Season 9 - Episode 9

Roseanne battles a group of women-hating terrorists who hold her family and a foreign diplomat hostage on a train to Washington, D.C.

star 6.63
63 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: R. Gaylor, Betsy Salkind
Sweet Dreams

#2 - Sweet Dreams

Season 2 - Episode 8

Roseanne tries to get a few minutes of relaxation in the bathtub, but she ends up getting constant interruptions from her family--and a fantasy about two hunks.

star 6.67
125 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Danny Jacobson
The Fifties Show

#3 - The Fifties Show

Season 8 - Episode 6

The Conners find themselves going back in time in this spoof of 1950s sitcoms (shot mostly in black and white): Roseanne's a fussy hausfrau, Dan is a hapless businessman stewing over "the Anderson account," and Jackie's the wacky neighbor.

star 7.02
63 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Allan Stephan
Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti

#4 - Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti

Season 9 - Episode 8

A visit with the wealthy Wentworths on Martha's Vineyard gives the Conners a glimpse into new friend Astrid's dysfunctional family. And before long, the Conners are teaching the snobby elitists some truths about real life.

star 7.05
78 votes
Directors: Mark K. Samuels
Writers: Leif Sandaas, Debbie Kasper

#5 - Sisters

Season 7 - Episode 16

Sibling rivalries fester when Jackie complains to Roseanne about D.J.'s annoying visits, and Roseanne lures Darlene home.

star 7.16
98 votes
The Birds and the Frozen Bees

#6 - The Birds and the Frozen Bees

Season 7 - Episode 24

Roseanne has a bee in her bonnet over the possibility that David may like another girl better than Darlene -- who risks losing him if she doesn't take her mom's advice and act fast.

star 7.17
83 votes
My Name is Bev

#7 - My Name is Bev

Season 7 - Episode 14

After Bev is charged with drunken driving, Jackie and Roseanne accompany her to a compulsory AA seminar. Her new resolve of sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday wreaks havoc with Dan's keg party.

star 7.22
97 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Bob Nickman
Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute

#8 - Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute

Season 7 - Episode 26

A Gilligan's Island fantasy plays into the season finale, which finds Dan torn between pleasing Roseanne and building a boat for a future adventure. Dan becomes the Skipper, Leon becomes Mr Howell, Bev becomes Mrs Howell, Jackie becomes Gilligan, Darlene becomes Maryanne, and Roseanne becomes Ginger.

star 7.24
21 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: William Lucas Walker, Allan Stephan
Couch Potatoes

#9 - Couch Potatoes

Season 7 - Episode 25

Because the Conners have been selected as a Neilsen family, Roseanne decrees that their household viewing habits must change.

star 7.25
68 votes
Directors: Mark K. Samuels
Writers: Eric Gilliland
Out of the Past

#10 - Out of the Past

Season 8 - Episode 15

While Nana Mary amuses Roseanne and Jackie with a box of their childhood treasures, Dan and his pals reluctantly play poker with Leon and Scott.

star 7.27
82 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Drew Ogier, Mike Costa
Lanford's Elite

#11 - Lanford's Elite

Season 9 - Episode 16

At a party at the swank Lanford Country Club, Roseanne forges a surprising bond with Edgar Wellman, Jr., the son of her hated former boss. When he reveals some shocking news about the future of Lanford, Roseanne realizes she may be the only one who can save her hometown.

star 7.27
82 votes
Writers: Richard Whitley, Bob Rubin
Thanksgiving '94

#12 - Thanksgiving '94

Season 7 - Episode 10

Thanksgiving is a real turkey at the Conner household when Roseanne gets alarming medical news she can't confirm with the pre-natal clinic, and Nana Mary arrives with a feeble husband on her arm -- then upsets Bev by discussing the two abortions Nana Mary had years ago.

star 7.27
100 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Miriam Trogdon, Lois Bromfield
The Truth be Told

#13 - The Truth be Told

Season 9 - Episode 21

Roseanne learns some truths about the price of fame when two high-powered television programmers bombard her with all sorts of bizarre ideas about how network and cable TV would tell her life story. Roseanne is appalled to learn that one wants to sanitize her life and the other wants to spice it up. At the same time, Bev is happily telling stories about Roseanne to a friendly florist, unaware that he is actually a tabloid reporter.

star 7.27
73 votes
Directors: Mark K. Samuels
Writers: Lawrence Broch, April Winchell
Arsenic and Old Mom

#14 - Arsenic and Old Mom

Season 9 - Episode 22

Dan's eccentric mom heads straight for Lanford after she's released from hospital, claiming to be cured. Problem is, Dan thinks she's trying to kill him.

star 7.29
79 votes
Directors: Mark K. Samuels
Writers: Carrie Fisher
Some Enchanted Merger

#15 - Some Enchanted Merger

Season 9 - Episode 17

After they wrap up the Wellman Plastics buyout, Roseanne doesn't know what to do when she finds herself deeply attracted to Edgar Wellman, Jr., and realizes that he is equally bewitched by her.

star 7.31
72 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: April Winchell
Satan, Darling

#16 - Satan, Darling

Season 9 - Episode 7

Absolutely Fabulous glam gals Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (in character as Edina and Patsy) are among the few down-to-earth participants in Roseanne's outrageous Halloween outing. They're guests at an Upper West Side soirée, where new multimillionaires Roseanne and Jackie have gained entrée into New York society. But for grandmother-to-be Roseanne, a witches' coven soon comes into play — a la Rosemary's Baby — and bizarre happenings begin to involve a very pregnant Darlene.

star 7.31
97 votes
Writers: Roseanne, Jennifer Saunders
Bed and Bored

#17 - Bed and Bored

Season 7 - Episode 15

Roseanne feigns illness to get some rest, but grows bored instead; Jackie confronts Bev about having been a rotten mother to her.

star 7.34
91 votes
The Getaway, Almost

#18 - The Getaway, Almost

Season 8 - Episode 7

Roseanne and Jackie's shopping trip with the baby becomes an outing a la Thelma and Louise after they give a lift to a rebellious teen, then force a trucker off the road.

star 7.35
85 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Cynthia Mort
Maybe Baby

#19 - Maybe Baby

Season 7 - Episode 11

Roseanne is warring with Dan and in a dither over her upcoming second medical test, which may require a difficult decision -- one she believes is hers alone to make.

star 7.36
92 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Matt Berry, Ed Yeager, Cynthia Mort
Lies My Father Told Me

#20 - Lies My Father Told Me

Season 6 - Episode 21

Roseanne helps Dan understand his dad's lying about his mom's mental state.

star 7.37
98 votes
Punch and Jimmy

#21 - Punch and Jimmy

Season 7 - Episode 8

An impromptu visit to Darlene's apartment gives Roseanne a clear picture of what Jimmy is all about; meanwhile at home, Dan finds himself a bit fuzzy on parenting skills: D.J. is being beaten up by a bully, and taking it out on David.

star 7.38
108 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: David Raether
Past Imperfect

#22 - Past Imperfect

Season 6 - Episode 20

When Dan's father misses an alimony payment, Dan and Roseanne argue about covering it; meanwhile, Fred becomes concerned about Jackie's sexual past.

star 7.38
105 votes
Writers: David Raether
Two Down, One to Go

#23 - Two Down, One to Go

Season 6 - Episode 1

Roseanne is suffering from empty-nest syndrome as Darlene heads for school. But after Darlene gets settled into her dorm, the two have a revealing mother-daughter chat, and Roseanne returns home with a plan.

star 7.38
123 votes
The Thrilla Near the Vanilla Extract

#24 - The Thrilla Near the Vanilla Extract

Season 8 - Episode 12

Did someone say food fight? That's what Roseanne and Jackie's stint offering samples at a supermarket turns into when Jackie outsells her sister.

star 7.39
72 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Ed Yeager
The Last Thursday in November

#25 - The Last Thursday in November

Season 8 - Episode 8

When D.J.'s teacher gives his students free rein, the class Thanksgiving pageant takes on a decidedly modern, Pulp Fiction twist-- and offends many of the parents, but not the Conners.

star 7.40
86 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Ritch Shydner